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Table 2 Medication prescribed and medication taken on the previous day in 376 patients aged40 years diagnosed with an obstructive lung disease in primary care according to whether COPD was indicated by spirometry (FEV 1 /FVC <0.7)

From: Predictors of ICS/LABA prescribing in COPD patients: a study from general practice

  FEV1/FVC <0.7 (n = 149) FEV1/FVC ≥0.7 (n = 227)
Medication Prescribed % Taken the previous day % Prescribed % Taken the previous day %
SABA 42.3 24.8 35.7 19.8
LABA, no ICS 10.7 7.4 4.8 3.1
ICS, no LABA 8.1 6.0 14.5 10.6
ICS/LABA combined 55.7 49.0 46.7 37.4
Anticholinergics 41.6a 38.3a 10.3 5.7
Theophylline 1.3 0.75 1.3 0.9
Montelukast 7.3 5.4 13.2 10.0
Prednisolone 2.0 1.3 0 0.9
Any pulmonary medication 83.2 72.5b 75.3 62.6
  1. a P < 0.001, difference between the two patient groups.
  2. b P = 0.05, difference between the two patient groups.
  3. SABA: short-acting beta2 agonist, LABA: long-acting beta2 agonist, ICS: inhaled corticosteroid.